Improvised knife made by a patient

Made:
1829-1948 in Suffolk
maker:
Unknown
Improvised knife made by a patient.  Overhead view of whole object against graduated grey background.

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Improvised knife made by a patient. Overhead view of whole object against graduated grey background.
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Improvised knife made by a patient at St Audry's Hospital

This improvised knife was made by a psychiatric patient at St Audry’s Hospital in Suffolk. Details of the patient are unknown. He or she clearly took considerable time creating this makeshift artefact. It is also unknown whether the knife was for an escape attempt or something more sinister.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
1990-183/34
Materials:
metal and textile
type:
knife
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • derivative object
credit:
East Suffolk Health Authority